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Primary Weekly Update 19/05/2017 from Mr Nicholas West

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Last Friday afternoon we had some very unusual visitors in our school. A parent of a student in Year 11, who works for An Sinh Commercial Media, recommended a play for us. Some of their employees have been visiting schools across Hanoi performing a very special show to raise awareness of environmental issues and how the children can help save the environment with their actions every day. The characters used were Red and Yellow from the extremely popular Korean TV show ‘Larva’. Do have a look at their videos on YouTube, if you get the chance. Your children laughed and sang all the way through but were able to answer some important environmental questions at the end.

This Thursday morning, our EAL coordinator, Ms Abigail Harrison, led a very creative workshop on language learning. From the laughter and responses from the audience you could see how true the comments she was making were. From baby noises, as you try and form words and sounds at a young age, to the silent period as you assimilate vocabulary but don’t yet communicate it, to fixating on the language of the adult you are talking to rather than trying out English are all common themes for any language learner. Many more approaches were explored in this very well attended event and you can find the slides on the portal and the Facebook pages so you can share this with friends who were unable to attend. The most entertaining and informative part was when Ms. Abi demonstrated how the techniques of good language teachers are used to help children learn language. We all listened to a story in Welsh and saw just how much language you can learn with effective teaching: a very good lesson to learn and to experience and feel like your children do as they learn. Thank you to Ms. Abi for this intriguing look at language learning and we do hope you found it helpful.

 Have a great weekend.

Mr Nicholas West – Head of Primary

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